Beyond Pranks, Satire, and Sensemaking

I have always been a fan of fake news. I don’t mean the kind that we see in today’s disinformation campaigns on Facebook and Twitter. It’s the work of 1960’s pranksters such as Paul Krassner, Abbie Hoffman, or Robert Anton Wilson and the Discordians that I always admired. That tradition has been carried on well […]   read more »

Yearning for Proof

I’ve made no secret of my skepticism about the blockchain as a solution for our economic woes. Yes, the economy is tilted, corrupt, and easily gamed — but the solution is likely social, not technological. While national, debt-based central currencies create terrible incentives, abstractions, and growth mandates, moving our transactions to a decentralized ledger maintained […]   read more »

Team Human ep. 206: Ari Wallach

Founder and Director of Longpath and author of the upcoming book, Longpath: Becoming the Great Ancestors Our Future Needs, Ari Wallach discusses the fundamentally human need to belong, and how it will determine our collective chances for survival. 🎙 In his monologue, Rushkoff stakes his future on the solidarity of the people over the cynicism […]   read more »

The Fabric of Society

I was running late for class last week, so I hopped in the car and drove to the closest parking lot I could find to the CUNY Journalism School, which turned out to be up on the roof of the Port Authority bus terminal. As soon as I arrived up there and saw the sky […]   read more »

Team Human ep. 205: Mark Stahlman

President of the Center for the Study for Digital Life Mark Stahlman explains East, West, and Digital, the three spheres he believes are shaping the future of civilization, and how understanding the way they interact can help us strategize a way forward for humans. 🎙 In his monologue, Rushkoff explains why he’s not an optimist […]   read more »

Open Up: The Refugees are Coming

The displacement of over four million Ukrainians to other parts of the world has got me thinking about the relationship of people to places. Thanks to war, climate change, and economic pressures (which are all rapidly becoming one and the same) an increasing number of people are finding themselves dispossessed. It’s not necessarily a new […]   read more »

I’m Not an Optimist.

I spent much of life, and my career, looking on the bright side of things. Technology, media, and our newfound power to express ourselves in a digital age once gave me great hope for the future of the human collective. What could we do? What would we do? My books and articles were correspondingly optimistic […]   read more »

Doing Less, to Help Ukraine

I didn’t post anything here last week. I didn’t release my regular podcast episode, either. On the one hand, it was a matter of reading the room: when something truly awful is happening, the best course is usually to pause. Of course, that doesn’t stop clueless marketers from continuing to post their bright and cheery […]   read more »

Team Human ep: 204: Laurie Segall

Journalist, founder of Dot Dot Dot Media, and author of Special Characters: My Adventures with Tech’s Titans and Misfits, Laurie Segall tells us what it’s like to interview people like Mark Zuckerberg, and why she holds out faith that their humanity may still rule the day. 🎙 In his monologue, Rushkoff discusses what we can […]   read more »

Keep the Faith

I’m not a man of faith as it’s commonly understood, but I am starting to wonder if we’re getting to a moment where we human beings need to assert just a bit of sacred mystery to the goings on in this dimensional neighborhood we call reality. Read more from, Keep the Faith, on Medium.   read more »